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Why did revolution break out in 1917 and why were the Bolsheviks able to seize power in October 1917 There were many reasons for revolution breaking out in 1917 in Russia Many of which could be put up to the Tsar and his lack of Tsar like qualities Other problems which had been around for a longer period were lack of food and poor working conditions and pay The Tsar banned all freedom of speech and press Tsar Nicholas II was an incompetent Tsar who was very unable to provide the inspiration that Russia required During 1914 the Russian public were most eager to support the Tsar but by the winter of 1916 they were so disgusted with his complete lack of ability they did not wish to save him from abdication The Russian army was also doing poorly in WWI They lacked food supplies and medical equipment they soon became the laughing stock of the allied effort The Russian people also gained hatred for a man named Rasputin Rasputin called himself holy man who wormed his way into the court on his reputation as a faith healer The Tsarina embraced Rasputin in hopes that he could cure here haemophiliac son Alexi Nicholas was often off at military headquarters so it was often the Tsarina and Rasputin governing the country People did not in an attempt to save the autocracy a group of aristocratic conspirators murder him People also started disliking the Tsarina because of her German decent At this time Russia was at war with Germany They accused her of being a conspirator Later on many people began warning the Tsar that if he didnt do something revolution would break out Nicholas had however lost all will to remain Tsar and many people said his downfall was because of his unwillingness to resist revolution What really destroyed the Tsardom was the length of WWI Deaths and casualties occurred in the millions
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